Marine Propulsion Systems

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Mercury Marine Celebrates 80th Anniversary in 2019

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry.On January 22, 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, the business that emerged from those modest beginnings, Mercury Marine, is a company with 7,000 global employees that is heralded as the world’s leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems…

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Shipyard Report: Abeking & Rasmussen

111 years of success by designWhen Georg Abeking and Henry Rasmussen from Denmark established their boat and yacht yard 111 years ago, it is likely that neither of them suspected at that time that their small shipyard, headquartered in Lemwerder next to Bremen, would one day evolve into a world-renowned company known for building first class vessels.Today the company, which has been transferred into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE), is a company that designs and manufactures, among other things. Included in this mix are some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.

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Pioneering Innovative Electric Propulsion

A Cornish company is planning a completely new development in electric marine vessels, with the help of a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i.Whiskerstay Ltd is based in Falmouth and was set up three years ago by Dr. Rachel Nicholls-Lee, who is a naval architect with a background in yacht design and marine renewables. She is currently one of the leading experts in electric vessel design working in the South West.“There is huge interest in the marine sector for electric and hybrid propulsion systems that can deliver good performance whilst also being quiet and environmentally friendly.

At the Monaco Yacht Show Heesen will present its new yacht “Home” (2 x MTU 12V 2000) with hybrid propulsin system. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

MTU Brings Latest Propulsion Systems to Cannes and Monaco

Rolls-Royce is showing off its latest state-of-the-art propulsion systems and service solutions from MTU for motor and sailing yachts at this year’s yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco. At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, which takes place from September 12 to 17, MTU will be presenting a new close-to-production prototype hybrid system based on its 16-cylinder Series 2000 engine on Stand Jetee 179. The focus will also be on models of the Pininfarina bridge components and MTU’s Premium Yacht Service.

Ole Evinrude (Photo: Evinrude)

Ole Evinrude Memorial Dedication Unveiled

BRP announced that its Evinrude brand will dedicate a memorial to the legacy of Ole Evinrude at a June 23 ceremony that will include the unveiling of a plaque to be placed on a bridge over Okauchee Lake in Oconomowoc, Wisc. “Ole Evinrude not only invented the outboard engine on Okauchee Lake in 1909, he invented an industry that we still cherish today,” said Christopher Berg, global director of marketing and strategic planning, Evinrude. “This was his home, the place which fueled his spirit of innovation and the birthplace of the Evinrude brand which continues to thrive over a century later.

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BRP to Unveil New Outboards at Club Evinrude

BRP announced that its next Club Evinrude event will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We wowed the Milwaukee crowd at our last Club in 2014 when we unveiled a new era of outboard engine technology, Evinrude E-TEC G2. In a similar fashion, we plan another announcement at this year’s Club that promises to send even more waves through the marine industry,” said Chris Berg, global director of marketing and strategic planning for Evinrude. “All BRP Club events mark pivotal points in the history of all the industries that we call home.

BRP Adds 72 New Evinrude Dealers

BRP continues its expansion of the Evinrude sales network by signing 20 new Evinrude dealers in the final quarter of fiscal 2016. This brings the yearly total to 72 new North American dealers partnered with BRP in 2016, a clear indication of the excitement surrounding the Evinrude brand and the continued momentum of its industry-leading Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines. During the past fiscal year, BRP added 16 premium OEM boat builders to its portfolio. This acclaimed group of builders includes Fairline Florida, Everglades, Cobalt, and Sea Pro Boats and each builder has signed agreements with BRP to supply its Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines.

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Rotax Jet Propulsion System Adds Electronic Control

Press release - BRP’s new Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) option on Rotax jet propulsion system engines brings electronic control to formerly mechanical functions in jet propulsion. BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division introduces the option, now available on nearly all Scarab jet boat models and Chaparral Vortex models, that allows boaters to optimize low-speed maneuverability in a variety of environmental conditions. Set for November production, the iTS system is a game-changer according Michael Carter…

Keith Stanley, Product Line Manager, Pleasure Craft - North and Central America. (Photo: ZF)

ZF Marine's Stanley Takes on Dual Role

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC  said that Keith Stanley has assumed the position of Product Line Manager – Pleasure Craft for North and Central America. Stanley joined ZF in 2011 as Key Account Manager, and he was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2012, with responsibility for application engineering activities for the region. In his new role, Stanley will have responsibility for both activities. Stanley has a long history of experience in the pleasure craft industry. Originally from North Carolina, Stanley completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at NC State.

BRP Evinrude Engines Chosen by Campion Boats

BRP says that its legendary Evinrude E-TEC and revolutionary E-TEC G2 engines will now be installed on Campion Boats. Campion Boats, which manufactures a versatile line-up of boats, is the latest boat-builder to sign with BRP since the introduction of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines this past June. "Our partnership with Campion gives boaters more options to power with Evinrude E-TEC engines," said Alain Villemure, vice-president and general manager of BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division. Campion Boats' line-up includes Chase high-performance boats…

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ZF Marine: New Transmissions, New CEO

Marine propulsion system technology providers ZF Marine says it expanded its portfolio of transmissions for the commercial craft segment when two hybrid-ready systems were launched at the recent SMM show in Hamburg. Daniel Härter has also taken charge as CEO of ZF Marine Propulsion Systems. ZF Marine is strengthening its range of workboat transmissions with the brand new ZF W10000 family, designed mainly for the offshore and tugboat market. Bringing the latest in hybrid-ready propulsion technology…

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BRP Expands its N. America Evinrude Dealer Eetwork

BRP says it has added more than 50 new Evinrude dealers to its rapidly expanding dealer network in recent months. These new dealers from Florida, United States to Alberta, Canada will offer the complete line-up of BRP's Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines as well as provide top-of-the-line service and parts on all Evinrude products, as well as on existing Johnson products. "Our dealers are our best ambassadors and they are instrumental to moving our company forward," said Alain Villemure, vice-president and general manager of BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division.

AJ Halavacs: Photo ZF Marine

ZF Marine’s Halavacs Dies at 59

AJ Halavacs, Pleasure Craft Product Line Manager, North and Central America at ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, has died after fighting illness for a number of years. He was 59. “It’s a devastating loss to our team and to the industry” said Wolfgang Schmid, Director, Industrial Technology, Head of Marine Propulsion Systems Region North and Central America. “The consummate salesman, AJ had a gregarious personality not soon forgotten. It seemed that there wasn’t a person in this business that didn’t know AJ.